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COG News - July 2012

COG to Review 9-1-1 Outages and Other Failures Resulting from Derecho Storm

Meeting on Storm Failures At its July meeting, the COG Board of Directors discussed service failures resulting from the June 29 derecho storm, which caused widespread property damage and massive service disruption to electric power, telecommunication, and water infrastructure in the region. Stephen Souder, Director of the Department of 9-1-1/Public Safety Communications for Fairfax County, briefed the Board on the electrical power lost to a major Verizon facility in Arlington as well as the failure of its back-up sources of power, resulting in severely crippled or nonexistent 9-1-1 service. Souder also said that Verizon failed to provide clear information in the hours following the outage. In response to these failures, the Board voted unanimously to request a comprehensive review by local and state homeland security and emergency management officials and create a COG task force that would specifically address the Verizon 9-1-1 network breakdown in Northern Virginia. The meeting on the storm was featured by various local media outlets, including The Washington Post, WTOP, and NBC 4.

COG Launches Search for New Executive Director

Executive Director SearchThe COG Board of Directors officially kicked off its executive director search and released a recruitment brochure describing COG and outlining the qualifications and experience considered important for potential candidates. The Board is seeking an experienced, forward-thinking executive director to provide leadership to the COG staff and take COG to the next level of success. The executive director is responsible for the overall management of the 130 person, $26.8 million regional planning organization. To view the brochure and find more information on COG's vision and mission, key documents, and a video about its history, click here.  

Industry Leaders Provide Input at Final Economic Growth Session

Economic Growth and Competitiveness PlanThe COG Board held its fifth and final session on economic growth and competitiveness during its July meeting. The Board invited leaders from a variety of sectors--cybersecurity, professional services, information technology and shipping--to discuss the region's competitive advantages and challenges as well as opportunities for growth in their industries. The information provided during these sessions are helping shape a Call to Action Report that will be released later this year.

TPB Approves Funding to Better Coordinate Transportation and Land-use Planning

Transportation Land Use Connections At its July meeting, the Transportation Planning Board approved nine projects as part of its Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program, which aims to better coordinate regional transportation and land-use planning. The program provides funding for technical assistance to jurisdictions throughout the region. Since its launch in 2006, the TLC program has provided nearly $2 million in funding for 65 projects. This latest round of TLC projects included studies aimed at improving transit access to employment centers and affordable housing, determining the relationship between bike-sharing and parking requirements around developments, and improving bus stop safety and accessibility, among others.

Social Media Updates

Land Use BlogsThis month, blogs on discussed key findings from the recently released Region Forward Baseline Progress Report and highlighted the need for better land use planning.

Protecting agricultural land, which has experienced a 23 percent decline between 1987 and 2007 in the region

Focusing growth in underutilized parts of the region ripe for infill development or redevelopment

Upcoming COG Meetings/Events

For more information on the following featured meetings/events, visit the COG Events Calendar. In addition to these events, the calendar lists all meetings of COG policy and technical committees as well as some meetings of other regional organizations.

September 12: COG Board of Directors
September 19:Transportation Planning Board
September 22: Car Free Day
September 27:
Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee

About COG

For more than 50 years, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, known as COG, has helped develop solutions to issues of regional importance. COG is an independent, nonprofit association comprised of elected officials from 22 local governments, members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, and members of the U.S. Congress. The Metropolitan Memo is sent to COG’s membership of over 250 local, state and federal elected officials as well as regional stakeholders and citizens.
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